Home and Away spoilers: Dean punches Rick – and the press snap photo evidence
After agreeing to let Mackenzie (Emily Weir) do whatever it takes to bring their father, Rick Booth (Mark Lee), down, Dean (Patrick O’Connor) discovers the Bay has woken up to a newspaper article revealing that he is Rick’s son and Mackenzie is Dean’s sister. What’s more, Dean’s mother, Karen (Georgia Adamson), has also been mentioned – and her name has been dragged through the mud.
An angry Rick turns up at Salt to confront Mackenzie about the article, and Ryder (Lukas Radovich) runs downstairs to alert Dean of the situation. When Rick starts insulting Mackenzie, Dean runs in and tells him to back off. When Rick leaves, Dean tells Mackenzie he’s upset about the article – especially the way his mother was portrayed.
Mackenzie says she didn’t give the press Karen’s name; this is simply a result of their research and what they’re capable of doing. He tells her to try and stop the reporters, but after making some calls, she tells him she can’t get them to drop the story.
Later, Dean’s phone starts blowing up with calls from reporters, and he escapes to Ziggy’s (Sophie Dillman) house for a break. But that doesn’t last long, as when he turns on the news he’s faced with Rick doing an interview. He’s calling Mackenzie unstable and implying that Dean pressured him into giving him hush money.
The next day, Rick approaches Dean and says he wants him to join him in a press conference which backs up his version of events. However, Dean refuses, and Rick says he’s going to regret it. After saying he’s just made a powerful enemy, Rick walks away, knowing that his father means business.
When Dean is late for work, Ben (Rohan Nichol) goes to look for him – only to find him being hassled by a mob of reporters. Ben and John (Shane Withington) intervene, with John closing the gate to the Surf Club and threatening to call the cops. Meanwhile, Rick is on the phone to a journalist and learns about Dean’s criminal record. Armed with this information, he decides to use it to his advantage.
Rick shows up again to talk to Dean, deliberately riling him up. He says he wants a paternity test, saying his mother slept with lots of men and it’s doubtful he’s really his father. Taking the bait, Dean punches Rick in the face – and a journalist manages to snap a photo of the assault.
John sees the journalist, and the news reaches Ziggy and Dean once they’ve reached her house. Ziggy points out that he’s on probation, and now the press have photo proof of assault. Dean is angered – not only did he let Rick rile him up, he’s played right into his hands…
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